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The Jewish Report Editorial

    • Vanessa

    Too poor to play

    Mar 30, 2016 Go comment!
    The local Jewish sports scene has been very busy with Maccabi trials these past few weeks. Teams are being selected for tennis, swimming, netball, futsal, water polo, cricket and more. It is an exciting honour to be chosen to represent South Africa at the 20th World Maccabi Games in Israel in July 2017.
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    Guptas' brief Purim visit

    Mar 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Last week, in our Purim issue, we published - near the front of the newspaper among our more serious news items - a Purim shpiel, historically a comic dramatisation of the Book of Esther, but more recently, also a humorous or satirical, fake newspaper article written during the month of Adar.
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    • Vanessa

    Pro-Israel camp wins the match

    Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week was a good one for the pro-Israel camp in South Africa and it could have been bad. After all it was the now ubiquitous Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) on university campuses across the country.
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    • Vanessa

    I merely pose the question…

    Mar 09, 2016 3 Comments
    A well-placed foreigner who has lived for the past few years in this community, made a somewhat controversial observation in conversation recently. He said that the South African Jewish community had “access” to government and major decision-makers, but little “influence”. It is a thought provoking comment.
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    • Vanessa

    Jewish Report is a paper for all streams of Judaism

    Feb 17, 2016 Go comment!
    The Reform movement had a major victory in Israel after the Israeli Cabinet recently made the decision to allocate a part of the Western Wall for Progressive prayer services. Locally, however, the Reform movement has felt side-lined by the South African Jewish Orthodox community.
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    • Vanessa

    Anti-black, anti-Jew - what to do… what to do?

    Jan 27, 2016 4 Comments
    It all started with a remark posted on Facebook by white Durban real estate agent Penny Sparrow who compared the behaviour of black people on a beach on New Year’s day to “monkeys”. Then Chris Hart, economist at Standard Bank, was fired for his tweet that 25 years after apartheid, “victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities”.
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    • Vanessa

    Guidelines from the Jewish handbook

    Jan 20, 2016 1 Comment
    In the last few weeks the media has been filled with stories of South Africa’s educational crises. Universities have been plagued with protests and the 2015 matric results were dismal. Of the 799 306 candidates who wrote, only 166 263 qualified for university entrance and there was a five per cent drop in the National Senior Certificate matric pass rate from last year.
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    • Vanessa

    Sushi on Muizenberg or partying with the jet set - Cape Town has it all

    Jan 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City, is slowly recovering from the weight of the holiday-making crowds as people return home to start the new year. This is nothing new. Cape Town and its surrounds have been a desired summer holiday destination for as long as anyone can remember. What is noticeable is that over the past five to 10 years, it has become a playground for an international jet set: Africa’s own St Tropez.
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    • Vanessa

    Agents of change

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    I was privileged to sit on a panel with some fascinating women at the WIZO South Africa 35th Triennial Conference in Cape Town last Sunday. We were asked to consider and relate how, we as women, have been able to affect change and empower others through our work.
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    • Vanessa

    Does Paris change the way we see ourselves

    Nov 18, 2015 1 Comment
    By the end of last week, a fresh sense of doom about South Africa’s future had set in like a dark, suffocating cloud.
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    • Vanessa

    A second chance for magic and selflessness

    Nov 11, 2015 2 Comments
    Last week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah (the life of Sara), relates, among other things, that Isaac married Rebecca at the age of 40 after his mother Sarah, who gave birth to him at the miraculous age of 90, had died.
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    Can inspired projects heal the rifts

    Oct 28, 2015 Go comment!
    The news of the last few weeks has been tumultuous. Domestically, a small revolution within the student movement has emerged amid their increasing dissatisfaction with the price of tertiary education. The gathering of more than 10,000 last Friday at the Union Buildings carried a spirit not seen since the 1976 Soweto uprising but this time it seemed to unite students across all races.
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    • Vanessa

    Living in the age of distraction.

    Sep 09, 2015 2 Comments
    Last week Monday, August 31, over a billion people logged onto Facebook in one day - about one seventh of the world’s population. The social media site says it has nearly 1,5 billion users who log on at least once a month. While this is amazing news for its founder Mark Zuckerberg, what does it mean for the rest of us who live in a world of constant tweeting, Instagramming, whatsapping, and even sexting?
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    The pattern in the tapestry.

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    As we gather the myriad articles required to fill our bumper Rosh Hashanah issue, we at the Jewish Report are reflecting on our year of publishing - where we have erred and where we can improve.
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    • Vanessa

    Divorce and the co-parenting conundrum

    Aug 12, 2015 4 Comments
    An Orthodox British woman residing in Vienna, Austria, lost custody of her two young sons in 2013 with a total of a mere six visits allowed a month and a requirement to pay maintenance. This has come to the attention of international Jewish media recently for the extent of its cruelty.
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    • Vanessa

    Our need to succeed

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    In just over two weeks, the Jewish Report will celebrate along with the rest of this community, the 2015 Absa Jewish Achiever Awards, which honours all the incredible contributions Jewish citizens have made in the fields of business, arts, law, philanthropy, innovation, education, job creation, sports - and more.
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    • Vanessa

    A community newspaper in the face of scandal

    Jul 29, 2015 3 Comments
    I have been at the helm of the Jewish Report for a mere seven months and have already faced the dilemma that editors of many community publications face - the arrival of a few potentially scandalous or explosive issues and the dilemma of how to or even whether to cover them
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    • Vanessa

    Jewish mothers and the work dilemma

    Jul 22, 2015 Go comment!
    In the United States, an analysis of government data by the Pew Research Centre, has shown that today, about 70 per cent of women who have children under the age of 18, work outside the home.
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    • Vanessa

    Are we all on same page on Mid-East question?

    Jul 15, 2015 1 Comment
    There is a generally held perception among South African Jewry that the current South African government is strongly critical of Israel and that many of its leadership see Israel as a tyrannical, or Nazi-like regime.
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    Our choreography for dealing with adversity

    Jul 08, 2015 2 Comments
    Some of the recent news about anti-Semitism from the United Kingdom is not easy to digest. Figures released last Friday by London’s Metropolitan Police show that anti-Semitic crimes rose last year by 138 per cent, from 208 incidents in 2013 to 495 in 2014
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